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Charles Mill Lake

Charles Mill Lake, situated in central Ohio on the Black Fork of the Mohican River in Richland and Ashland counties is one of Ohio's top boating and outdoor recreation areas in the state. Charles Mill Lake, with 1,350 acres of water surface and 33 miles of shoreline, is a quiet place to relax and enjoy nature.

Charles Mill Lake offers boating, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, hunting, swimming and more. It is the home of the Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center and the Outdoor Historical Drama amphitheater.

The reservoir was constructed in 1935-1936 and is managed by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).


Fishing is a very popular activity at Charles Mill Dam's Day Use Area. The reservoir has populations of largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, saugeye, channel catfish, flathead catfish, crappie, and a variety of sunfish species.

Below the dam the river is easy to get to and has the conveniences of restrooms and picnic facilities.

Saugeye and hybrid striped bass escape from the reservoir and provide a good fishery in the tail waters below the dam. Gicharles millard shad are the most common prey of the predator fish species.

Excellent fishing spots abound above the dam. Scenic and peaceful, this fishing area is a bit farther away from amenities.

Largemouth, smallmouth & spotted bass are easy to catch. There is a daily maximum of 5 fish with a minimum length of 12".


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     Charles Mill Lake OH Coordinates:
40.7635N -82.3778W
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Surface Area:
1350 acres
Maximum Depth:
27 ft
997 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
1 - 3 ft
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There is no boating access to the lake or river at the Charles Mill Dam. Boating and fishing enthusiasts must use the public launch ramp at the  Charles Mill Lake Marina. The marina is open year-round and offers docking, fuel, supplies, boat rentals, boat sales and service. Please note there is a 10 horsepower limit on the lake


A campground of more than 500 sites at Charles Mill Lake Park accommodates visitors for a weekend, a week, a month or more.

Please review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging in the area.


Charles Mill Lake is equidistant from two major Ohio cities: Columbus and Cleveland. Other nearby Ohio cities: Mansfield, Lucas, Windsor and Wooster Heights. Charles Mill Lake is located in Richland and Ashland counties.

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